From stereos to submersibles, how car technology has evolved in 100 years

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This infographic from Halfords details the evolution of car technology
This infographic from Halfords details the evolution of car technology

It’s easy to believe that car technology is a modern phenomenon.

But gadgets for vehicles have been constantly evolving over the last century.

From the first car radio in the Chevrolet 490 in 1922, to the built in GPS systems and reverse parking sensors we see in todays cars, new and innovative car tech keeps appearing.

This impressive infographic from Halfords shows how weird and wacky early contraptions, such as drinks cabinets in the 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, have been long forgotten. While car stereos, which evolved from the first 8 track in a Ford Mustang in 1966, have continued to be a staple requirement of automobiles.

And who could now manage without electronic digital dashboards, which were first pioneered in Europe by Renault in 1983?

With future car technology likely to see self-driving and magnetised levitating vehicles like the Nissan Motivity 400-C, the sky is the limit for car tech.

This infographic from Halfords details the evolution of car technology
This infographic from Halfords details the evolution of car technology
The first car radio came in 1922 in a Chevrolet 490
The first car radio came in 1922 in a Chevrolet 490
The aerocar didn't quite take off
The aerocar didn’t quite take off
Drinks cabinets in this Cadilac might seem a little strange, but most modern cars have at least one cup holder
Drinks cabinets in this Cadilac might seem a little strange, but most modern cars have at least one cup holder
The iconic Ford Mustang had the first 8 track stereo
The iconic Ford Mustang had the first 8 track stereo
Heated seats are a luxury that were fist found in a Saab in 1972
Heated seats are a luxury that were fist found in a Saab in 1972
The digital electronic dashboard is now a must in any vehicle
The digital electronic dashboard is now a must in any vehicle
Mazda lead the way with built in in GPS navigation in 1990
Mazda lead the way with built in in GPS navigation in 1990
Lexus introduced automatic parking in 2006
Lexus introduced automatic parking in 2006
The Rinspeed sQuba Submersible is more at home in James Bond movies than on the road
The Rinspeed sQuba Submersible is more at home in James Bond movies than on the road
Honda's factory fitted DVD players rolled out in 2010 and helped many parents keep children entertained on long journeys
Honda’s factory fitted DVD players rolled out in 2010 and helped many parents keep children entertained on long journeys
Not everybody would feel safe in BMW's self driving car, which came out in 2014
Not everybody would feel safe in BMW’s self driving car, which came out in 2014
Will Nissan's levitating car take off?
Will Nissan’s levitating car take off?
Volkswagen see a future for their brand of hover cars
Volkswagen see a future for their brand of hover cars
Halfords have all the latest car technology for kitting out your vehicle
Halfords have all the latest car technology for kitting out your vehicle

 

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